Tanya Tandoc

Friends and family of the late Tanya Tandoc hosted a memorial celebration for the Wichita chef and frequent KMUW commentator.

The recording of "Tanya Tandoc: A Celebration of Life" which took place Thursday, June 11, at the Wichita Orpheum Theatre can be played here.

More of the news coverage about Tanya's death can be found here. And all of her food commentaries can be heard or read below.

I was on a judging panel for the Orpheums annual Celebrity and Chef Cook-off a few days ago. I have graduated from contestant to judge in the last few years, and I have to say that judging is no less stressful, but it is less sweaty, and I smell better when its all over. As a general rule, I dislike cooking competitions, particularly the ones on TV, but the live ones are exciting, with ingredients flying around, and the smell and sizzle and quiet cursing just adding to the party. The eight...

I have just returned from a wonderful vacation to Sebastopol, California, in the heart of Sonoma County. My dance partner Marta and I went up for a huge bellydance event called Tribal Fest. Weve been before, so we knew the food would be great, but the ante had been upped since were there last. I have never been anywhere where everything was so fresh and delicious. Even the rest stops had organic offerings, perfumed strawberries, and gluten-free cookies. It was like being on another planet. We...

Food Insecurity

May 18, 2012

I am thankful every day that I am able to afford to buy the food I want to eat. I havent always had that luxury. I ate a lot of beans and tortillas when I was in my 20s, and have had to make the choice between gasoline and groceries many times. My financial situation has improved considerably since then, but I know what its like to be worried about food. More than 17 million households in the United States are food insecure, meaning that they dont have the physical, social and economic access...

The Flying Stove

May 4, 2012
Hugo Phan / KMUW

I finally got a chance try out The Flying Stove, one of Wichitas non-taco food trucks. I have been web-stalking them since they opened, drooling over their yummy-looking pictures and Facebook posts. Im happy to report that the food tastes even better than it looks. I arrived early so I wouldnt have to wait in line, and Im glad I did. By noon, more than 30 hungry people had queued up. I ordered the speck and burrata sandwich with garlic aioli, basil and tomato, and a salad of julienned snow...

Lotus Leaf Café

Apr 20, 2012

Wichita has never been known as a city that favors healthy food. We are most famous for Pizza Hut, delicious beef, and huge portions. Meat is king here and wont soon be dethroned, but recently a couple of brave, vegetarian-friendly restaurateurs have been making health-conscious dining a whole lot easier. One of these veggie paladins is Jacquelyn Keefer, proprietor of the Lotus Leaf Café in Delano. Shes been open for a while, but recently hired a new chef to create a menu that reflects her...

Death by Chocolate

Apr 6, 2012

I was a judge at the Death by Chocolate event this last weekend at Exploration Place. To some, it might have sounded like heaventable after table covered with beautiful, inventive chocolates, cakes, and cookies. To me, it looked like an uphill marathon I hadnt properly trained for. We had to taste everything , and that meant about a hundred individual sweets. My teeth hurt after the first 10 offerings. I got the sugar shakes after the 30th truffle. My vision blurred by the time we had...

Picasso's

Mar 23, 2012

All right, pizza lovers, fire up your engines! Picassos Pizza has opened and their pies are divine. I usually give a new place a couple of months to settle in before I try it out, but all of my social media friends were posting delicious-looking pictures and tweets, so I couldnt resist. I met my pizza expertmy husband Waynefor dinner the other day and we were both immediately hooked. Picassos serves New York-style pizza: enormous slices with paper-thin centers and puffy, crisp edges. The...

Lupe's Carry Out

Mar 9, 2012

I grew up in Newton, Kansas, in the 70s and 80s. It goes without saying that there werent many fun dining options in our little town. We had a Big Cheese Pizza, a Pizza Hut, a Sonic, The Red Coach Inn, and a Hardees. There were a couple of coffee shops and our Woolworths had a lunch counterthe old-fashioned kindbut that was torn down and replaced with a thrift store. We had one fancy restaurant, the Old Mill, which featured the first salad bar I had ever seen and served adult beverages, a...

Kimchi at Grace Market

Feb 24, 2012

I am obsessed with kimchi. I think about the earthy, fermented, spicy pickle all the time. I know that some people find kimchis deep funkiness repellent, but I love it. Kimchi is one of the most common Korean condiments and is made with vegetables, chili pepper flakes, garlic, ginger and salt. It is lightly fermented, sort of like sauerkraut, and then eaten as a side dish or used as an ingredient in Korean cooking. The kimchi most of us are familiar with is made with Napa cabbage. Although...

Tacos Gallo

Feb 10, 2012

Food trucks have always seemed like a good idea to me. You have a cute truck, cook a few interesting specials, and park where the business seems best. Everyone throngs to you when you tweet the daily menu and you work when you feel like it. Trucks have fewer of the brick-and-mortar problems of a real restaurant at a fraction of the cost. I even thought of doing a soup truck at one time, until I was reminded by my best friend that I dont like to drive, I dont like small spaces, and I cannot...

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